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Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]
Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

Posted on 02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST by Steelfish

Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests

By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner.

Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008.

With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr. Romney carried Colorado with 60% of the vote.

Mr. Santorum's twin victories in the Midwest will give his campaign a much-needed burst of momentum and may stir doubt about Mr. Romney's abilities to woo conservatives to his side in important electoral states such as Missouri. So far, Mr. Romney has won in states where he has devoted significant campaign time and advertising dollars.

Mr. Santorum won 55% of the Missouri vote, while Mr. Romney followed with 25%. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was trailing with 12%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn't on the Missouri ballot.

Mr. Santorum's Missouri victory margin of almost 75,000 votes over Mr. Romney was nearly 29,000 more than Mr. Romney's combined Iowa and Nevada total.

While the Tuesday results didn't directly award any of the delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination, they showed voters rejecting Mr. Romney even in states where he had performed well four years ago.

Mr. Romney had carried Minnesota in 2008 but placed third there on Tuesday. With 85% of precincts in, Mr. Santorum had 45% of the vote, while Mr. Paul had 27%. Mr. Romney had 17% of the vote and Mr. Gingrich claimed 11%.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: aldo; caucusprimaries; colorado; geeksweatervest; minnesota; missouri; newt; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; santorum4romney; santorumwins
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To: tennmountainman

This is wonderful. Back in 2008, we would have been thrilled if Romney could be our anti-McStain. Now we have a chance for someone more conservative than Romney. Haha!

I am glad that Newt had his time in the sun. He comes up with great ideas sometimes and deserves respect.

As for Santorum, people [who matter] have nothing but good things to say about him so far as I know.


101 posted on 02/08/2012 4:41:00 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: toddausauras

Exactly, yet another shot across the RNC Establishment’s bow.


102 posted on 02/08/2012 4:43:22 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: Steelfish
Mr. Romney had carried Minnesota in 2008 but placed third there on Tuesday. With 85% of precincts in, Mr. Santorum had 45% of the vote, while Mr. Paul had 27%. Mr. Romney had 17% of the vote and Mr. Gingrich claimed 11%.

Time for Romney to drop out of the race and endorse Ron Paul so there can be a united effort to defeat Santorum...

Just trying to be consistent, here...

103 posted on 02/08/2012 4:44:25 AM PST by Haiku Guy (The problem with Internet quotes is you never know if they are real -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Downinthedixie

“The birth control issue was beyond stupid by 0.”

That also makes clear how much better it would be to have a CONSERVATIVE candidate other than Romney.


104 posted on 02/08/2012 4:45:35 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael; DarthVader; kingattax

Oh My.....

Looks like a Tebow Moment! :-)

LOL


105 posted on 02/08/2012 4:48:15 AM PST by left that other site
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To: Steelfish

The conservatives are running against Romney instead of Obama. We will get our just desserts in November.


106 posted on 02/08/2012 4:55:57 AM PST by Hattie
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To: Reagan69
would like to do away with contraceptives

You're a fake.

107 posted on 02/08/2012 4:57:34 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Reagan69

I don’t like Santorum at all; he is all big government, establishment GOP and has a rather disagreeable Jimmy Carter type personality, without the smile.

However, I’m really glad that Romney got knocked back, even though two of caucuses were not binding and Gingrich wasn’t even in one of them.

Maybe the GOP will have to rethink the inevitability of Romney, who is a truly odious person and should be nowhere near the Presidency. We’ve already had a few years of one odious person and we don’t need another.

If the GOP hadn’t been pushing Romney from the start, he would never have gotten as far as he has, because he really has nothing to offer.


108 posted on 02/08/2012 5:01:34 AM PST by livius
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To: Downinthedixie

Try reading it at 3:16 and it will make sense.


109 posted on 02/08/2012 5:03:07 AM PST by CH3CN (A stitch in time is worth two in the bush.)
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To: Downinthedixie
Nominating a conservative and losing would make this whole process a waste of time.

Incorrect. Nominating a liberal Republican (Romney) and winning is actually the worst possible outcome. Nominating a liberal Republican and losing is second worse.

Nominating a conservative and losing is the second best outcome. At least our message will get put out there by someone who actually believes it and we have a chance to educate the voters nationwide, thus building the framework for future victories.
110 posted on 02/08/2012 5:03:38 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Steelfish
Clear "electable" alternative to Romney.

Please explain to me how Santorum can defeat Obama. It's not 1950 anymore (unfortunately). The halftime show at the Super Bowl tells you all you need to know about where the average voting boob is at.

Really - I can't accept Mitt, it is unlikely that Newt can make it in the long haul, and I just cannot see a Rick Santorum path to victory.

I'm prepared to believe, if you can convince me.


111 posted on 02/08/2012 5:04:06 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: bigbob

How about this ticket, Bigbob:

Santorum - pres - appoints judiciary
Gingrich - vp - Senator would love Gingrich presiding there
Romney - car czar - only czar position not eliminated and Romney applies all the knowledge he gained at Bain Capital of how to save failing companies to the auto industry.


112 posted on 02/08/2012 5:07:42 AM PST by ngat
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To: bigbob
I sure like what I’ve heard from Santorum lately. For sure he would be a contrast against Obama, not just “Obama-lite”.

I would be happy if Rick and Newt came to an agreement that they would ally against Mitt, with whichever had the lower delegate count at the convention tossing his delegates to the higher candidate in exchange for becoming the VP on the ticket.

113 posted on 02/08/2012 5:15:27 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: Steelfish
Mitt Romney and the GOP Establishment were not amused by this turn of events...


114 posted on 02/08/2012 5:19:20 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Controlling RINOs in Congress is like herding cats; should we be surprised Newt got scratched?)
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To: Steelfish

How many times, and how many ways, do we need to tell Karl Rove to screw off?


115 posted on 02/08/2012 5:23:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (Yes, I am THAT Conservative.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

My theory is that the American public is SICK TO DEATH of the media and party elites deciding who our candidate will be and forcing him upon us and aren’t going to take it anymore!

I’m STILL scratching my head over how we ended up with John McCain in 2008!!!


116 posted on 02/08/2012 5:38:53 AM PST by a real Sheila ("Vado a bordo, cazzo!")
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To: Steelfish

When and under what circumstances did Aldo Santorum naturalize?


117 posted on 02/08/2012 5:51:48 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Steelfish
ABR

Gingrich-Santorum or Santorum-Gingrich.

118 posted on 02/08/2012 6:00:25 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: P-Marlowe
If Romney can't win Colorado with it's significant Mormon population, then he ain't gonna win in the Bible Belt or the corn belt.

You are right. I had overlooked that.

It actually has a huge border with Utah, doesn't it?

Wow! Romney is absolutely weak in his own back yard. Amazing

119 posted on 02/08/2012 6:03:10 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: Jim Noble
Santorum articulates a Conservative ideology and does have credibility.

The path to victory in a general election isn't really that complicated. The seldom publicized truth (and this according to polls) is that most of the Country consider themselves Conservative. Rather than worrying about the Independents, a Republican nominee should focus on turning out their own base. This strategy is the key to success.

Romney doesn't excite the base. Sorry to say, Gingrich doesn't appear to excite enough of the base either. While all three candidates can draw the anti-Obama vote to different degrees (the lesser of two evils argument), it appears that Santorum, through his message, also is conveying that he is a true Conservative representative, giving Conservatives something to vote for, not just an alternative vote to Obama.

To those of us who believe in the ideology, last night was a great night and might be the real beginning of something very good.

Santorum’s biggest draw back has been the perception that he isn't electable. Last night likely changed that.

120 posted on 02/08/2012 6:03:36 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Downinthedixie

At this time in 1980, Carter would easily beat Reagan according to the polls at the time.


121 posted on 02/08/2012 6:04:03 AM PST by jps098
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To: Hattie
The conservatives are running against Romney instead of Obama. We will get our just desserts in November.

It may not be a popular opinion around here but I agree.

122 posted on 02/08/2012 6:08:02 AM PST by jersey117 (Perry 2012)
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To: Downinthedixie; patriot08; Jim Robinson
Santorum is not a great choice against 0. This seems to support the idea of a brokered convention.

Agreed, sigh... oh well, at least a brokered convention is better than a guaranteed Romney win.

and any night that is bad for Romney is good for conservatives.

I just wish Santorum had a time machine and could go back...
-and reverse his constant support for the worst RINO ever: Arlan Specter
-and reverse his knife in the back to the Tea party
-and reverse his support (along with 30 of the most putrid Dems ever, including (Boxer Clinton Corzine Daschle Dayton Kennedy Kerry Leahy Murray Reid Wellstone) for forcing all states to give the vote to convicted felons,
-and reverse his support for NOT hiring more illegal alien investigators (and here)
-and reverse his siding with the Dems, and Olympia Snowe, and other RINO's so, so often!

I think that just might make Rick a CINO.

Lots of talk and platitudes, but no demonstrated history of accomplishments for Conservatives

If I really, really, had to, I could hold my nose and vote for Rick, but would rather have someone who has proven he KNOWS how to 'herd cats' in congress and has already accomplished big things for the Conservative cause.

123 posted on 02/08/2012 6:11:04 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: newzjunkey

The last time Newt (100%),


Cherry picking. That’s for one year, not lifetime. What was Newt’s ACU in 1997? Oh, 75%.


124 posted on 02/08/2012 6:21:04 AM PST by magritte (Nevermind)
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To: Steelfish

I’m hoping that Santorum just put a three-torpedo spread into the myth of Mitt’s “electability.” He (Romney) was way down compared to his 2008 totals in all three states.

}:-)4


125 posted on 02/08/2012 6:23:44 AM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: rissole

Do the Santorum Nay Sayers still want him to drop out?


126 posted on 02/08/2012 6:27:46 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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Rick Santorum’s anti-gun record

photo from
Santorum and Guns: More liberal nonsense - www.TheReaganWing.com

www.TheReaganWing.com

the conservative conscience of the Republican Party


127 posted on 02/08/2012 6:28:07 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: tennmountainman

As I correctly called it, taking much verabal abuse from folks on this site, Rick Santorum has now replaced Newt Gingrich as the “real, meaningful, competitive” alternative to Mitt Romney. Santorum has my wholehearted support, and...I wish him well. Darn, Rick, my boy, hard work certainly does pay off!!!

As for Romney: No substance, no depth, no grand vision, no strategic thinking, negative campaigner!!!

As for Gingrich, ego maniac, sour grapes complainer, vindictive, not focused, not balanced, negative campaigner!!!

Both Romney & Gingrich have hurt the GOP chances to defeat POTUS Obama. IMHO, both should br broomed out to oblivion as rapidly as possible. Actually, Gingrich is already toast, commiting self-Hari-Kari with every move he makes!!!

Yes.....Romney can still bag the nomination, but....Santorum and Paul are gonna make him work for it. Go Rick!!! Santorum & Rubio sound great to me!!!


128 posted on 02/08/2012 6:32:03 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Downinthedixie
"Santorum is not a great choice against 0."

Yeah.... especially if one is wishing to maintain the continued destruction of our country.
129 posted on 02/08/2012 6:33:01 AM PST by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth (Romney... Just put the (D) behind your name and be done with it.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

The RINOs and MSM are going to go apeshit now to get Mittens his wins in Arizona and Michigan.


130 posted on 02/08/2012 6:42:42 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

As for Santorum he’s a chickensh*t who attacked both Gingrich and Mitt “Oh So Ronery” when they were unable to answer his charges.


131 posted on 02/08/2012 6:42:46 AM PST by j.argese (Newt ... the Nixon of our time ...)
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To: Kit cat
THANK-YOU COLORADO, MISSOURI, AND MINNESOTA!!!!!! Minnesota you have just redeemed yourselves from electing Jesse Ventura.

There is still the issue of Al Frankenstein before they are forgiven.

132 posted on 02/08/2012 6:43:02 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Steelfish

I am SO excited about this. GO RICK!!


133 posted on 02/08/2012 6:43:07 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: j.argese

Friend, your comment cannot be dignified by any retort. Both Gingrich & Romney have seen their best days. And...please....get real, Gingrich and Romney both sank themselves!!!


134 posted on 02/08/2012 6:48:07 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: xzins
It actually has a huge border with Utah, doesn't it?

...and there you go...Romney took the northwest section of Colorado bordering Utah, along with the liberal cities. Curious that Santorum took the SW portion of Colorado bordering Utah...fewer Mormons?

135 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:06 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Bingo.

I don’t why the so called experts think that Rick’s faith and “ultra” beliefs make him unelectable.

He certainly is a more appealing candidate than McCain was - and McCain was challenging Obama right up until the financial crisis.

They are now going to commence the Palinization of Santorum.
I already see my liberal friends denouncing him as an “idiot” and a “moron” on facebook.

As if we are being well served by a brilliant man right now.

Can you imagine?
A faith filled man moving into the White House with his faith filled homeschooled family?

Can you hear heads exploding?


136 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:21 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Downinthedixie

Re Obama polling better than all our candidates: read the internals of those polls.

I think you’ll find they polled a much larger percentage of Dems than Reps which is no longer the demographic. Worse than that, they polled adults with a smaller subset of registered voters with a very small subset of likely voters.

I’m not going to look it up again so I’m working from memory and not giving you exact numbers. You can look it up or wait for the next such poll so that you’ll see it for your self.

If you find a Rasmussen poll, you can usually trust that because he polls likely voters. Once in a while he has an outlier, but his next poll usually is back on.


137 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:21 AM PST by Sal (Soros owns ALL the 'Rats and the GO PEE (self appointed Establishment Elite)
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To: Steelfish

ANYONE BUT ROMNEY! (and Paul)


138 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:56 AM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: newzjunkey

“The last time Newt (100%), Paul (88%) & Santorum (84%) were in Congress together, 1998, Santorum was the lowest ACU rated of the three.”


Out of curiosity, how many votes did the ACU score that year, and in how many of them did Newt actually vote? (By tradition, Speakers rarely vote.)

Besides, 1998 was not a typical year in which to compare Senators with Representatives, since the House voted on Clinton’s impeachment but the Senate didn’t vote on conviction until 1999. Thus, Newt’s votes for impeachment were counted in 1998 (and were a large percentage of the Newt votes that ACU scored) but Santorum’s votes for conviction weren’t counted until the following year.

Both Newt and Santorum had very conservative voting records in Congress. The fact that Santorum represented like a 60% Dukakis district in his 4 years in the House and a state that voted for Clinton twice, Gore and Kerry in his 12 years in the Senate, while Newt represented a very conservative GA district, makes Santorum’s record more impressive in my eyes. But I don’t think that Newt is insufficiently conservative, not by a longshot.


139 posted on 02/08/2012 6:54:47 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: neverbluffer

I think that is exactly what happened. The Catholics showed up...

The Bishops who read those letters in Church on Sunday had a big impact

**

Good. The Catholics NEED to start showing up — and they need to, as ONE VOICE, push back on this anti-life culture we’re fomenting and stop voting Democratic. When good men do nothing ...great evil rises up. Good men have been doing nothing for a really long time ....


140 posted on 02/08/2012 6:55:36 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: Steelfish

The state-run news media labeling things like “stunner” reveals their complete ignorance of the middle part of the country. Watching selected foxnews personalities try to process their way through the fact that Romney didn’t win a huge victory in any of the states is telling. They don’t even begin to comprehend how out of touch they are with a large part of the country.


141 posted on 02/08/2012 6:56:24 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Steelfish

Time for
Ann Coulter to abandon Mitt Flipper Romney.


142 posted on 02/08/2012 6:57:11 AM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Downinthedixie
Nominating a conservative and losing would make this whole process a waste of time. I like Santorum’s character, I just don’t think he can beat the loser in office.

Maybe, maybe not. From a purely electoral perspective, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, and Paul all have their strengths and weaknesses, and none is the ideal 'electability' candidate.

Santorum's electoral strengths lie in his blue collar appeal and connection with voters in the Midwest/Great Lakes, the key battleground region.

Whether one is rooting for Santorum, Newt, or a brokered convention, yesterday's result was a great thing.

143 posted on 02/08/2012 6:57:25 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: bigbob

I’m really hoping this whole “style over substance” problem we have in America will start to turn around.

We have a used car salesman in the White House - and an incompetent one at that.

Looking for charisma, flash, and bling has gotten this country into alot of trouble.


144 posted on 02/08/2012 6:57:39 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Steelfish

This calls for a little celebration!


145 posted on 02/08/2012 7:01:05 AM PST by globelamp
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To: Reagan69
Yes, he is socially conservative and would like to do away with contraceptives.

You keep repeating this lie. Santorum isn't going to take away your condoms, which is apparently what you care about most in the world.

Are you sure you're a conservative?

146 posted on 02/08/2012 7:01:16 AM PST by RygelXVI
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To: jwalsh07

And now the story about these donations from the mexican family is coming out....it’s starting to look like the O team knowingly was accepting drug money.

O might wind up taking himself right out of the picture.

How nice it would be to have a real conservative set up for the victory.


147 posted on 02/08/2012 7:02:08 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Steelfish
I still remember May of 1998, my commencement speaker in college was Mr Rick Santorum. He had a very friendly audience. There are 2 colleges in the country which accept no federal money, Hillsdale and Grove City because of a fundamental belief in freedom.

Santorum’s speech that day may be the best speech I have ever heard live.....I still remember it today....the energy in the room was indescribable.

....everyone walked out thinking he will be president someday or ‘I really hope he is president someday’

(( 1998 was before Santorum spent much time in the horribly corrupting place we call the U.S. Senate which has a tendency to dirty even the best people (Yes, supporting Spector was a really bad decision ))

U.S. Senator Rick Santorum delivered this commencement address to the Grove City College graduating Class of 1998:

http://www.visionandvalues.org/1998/05/vision-a-values-goodness-and-greatness/

148 posted on 02/08/2012 7:02:40 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: Scotswife

I love it when the vote goes THIS way ...ALL the amazing huge majority votes going to a conservative. If we could keep this up ...i’d vote for either one, although I’m extremely in the tank for Newt. Extremely.

I don’t feel Santorum stacks up to Newt — intellectually or vision wise ...those are very important things to me. Newt was Santorum’s role model — dont’ forget that. Newt is the original ...

However, it was DELICIOUS to see that mormon car salesman put back in his place. Perhaps he will take all of his millions now and go back to stiffing average Americans out of jobs in his big “business deals.”


149 posted on 02/08/2012 7:02:47 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: Downinthedixie
Do you honestly think that Gingrich could beat Obama in November?

He cannot even get votes in the primaries, and is consistently trailing behind even Ron Paul.

Society clearly backs Romney, Santorum and even Ron Paul in the effort to defeat Obama in November.

Gingrich is becoming more of an obscure nuisance with each passing day.

Maine will go to (in no particular order) Romney, Santorum and Paul. Gingrich won't even place there either.

150 posted on 02/08/2012 7:02:47 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them)
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